Gillies said that several factors contributed to furthering Canvas LMS use at PUSD in addition to remote learning. One of those factors being the Technology and Innovation team’s dedication to working directly with educators.
“We were working with this small group of teachers, and once they felt comfortable with the tool, they were telling [their colleagues], ’Hey, you’re missing out on this. [Canvas LMS] is where we need to start moving and housing our content,” Gillies said.
PUSD was also intentional about facilitating professional learning for educators in Canvas LMS.
“Before COVID, we started adopting curriculum that integrates with Canvas [LMS]. For example, Benchmark is our elementary English Language Arts program. That curriculum was housed in Canvas [LMS] so…that was one entry point that jump-started usage,” Lana Nguyen, Director of Technology and Innovation, said.
To provide ongoing support for teachers and encourage LMS usage, PUSD Innovation Coaches have also created a YouTube channel full of tutorials. Teachers can choose which features, integrations, and tips and tricks to learn in this on-demand content library. Videos vary in length and complexity so that educators can choose the topic they are interested in and revisit it as often as they would like.
“Using a single learning management system [like Canvas LMS] streamlines content delivery and communications with students and families. Shared virtual schedules provide teachers and
students with a structured way to organize their learning and access resources from a central location,” Michael Gizzo, High School Assistant Principal at PUSD, said.